Mnemonics Fun

American Goldfinch, molting into breeding plumageTwo weeks ago I talked about bird song mnemonics, and how helpful they can be. Today being April 1, I thought we’d have some fun. Instead of my usual monthly bird quiz, I’ve assembled a list of 15 popular bird songs, translated into English. Can you identify the bird that says each phrase?

If that proves to be too much of a challenge, click on the “continued reading” button for a list of candidates. Answers are at the end, no fooling. Enjoy!

  1. “Drink your tea”
  2. “Who Cooks for You! Who cooks for you all?”
  3. “Quick, free beer!”
  4. “I’m so la-zee.”
  5. “Old Sam Peabody, Peabody, Peabody.” Or “Oh Sweet Canada, Canada, Canada.”
  6. “Potato chip (and then they dip)”
  7. “If I sees you, I will seize you, and I’ll squeeze you till you squirt.”
  8. “Tea kettle, tea kettle, tea kettle.”
  9. “Pleased, pleased, pleased, pleased-ta MEETCHA.”
  10. “Who’s awake? Me too.”
  11. “Here I am.  Where are you? Over here.  Look up now.  Do you see?”
  12. “Peter-peter-peter.  Peter-peter-peter.”
  13. “Teacher teacher teacher teacher” (with each “teacher” progressively louder)
  14. “Spring’s here, spring’s here, plant it plant it, in the ground, in the ground, cover it up, cover it up…” (doublet after doublet; each doublet seldom repeated)
  15. “Very very very very pleased-to-meet-you” (quite fast)

Matching options:

  • Barred Owl
  • Great-horned Owl
  • Carolina Wren
  • Brown Thrasher
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Warbling Vireo
  • Eastern Towhee
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Ovenbird
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Chestnut Warbler
  • American Goldfinch

Click “continued reading” again for the answers

1-Eastern Towhee, 2-Barred Owl, 3-Olive-sided Flycatcher, 4-Black-throated Blue Warbler, 5-White-throated Sparrow, 6-American Goldfinch, 7-Warbling Vireo, 8-Carolina Wren, 9-Chestnut Warbler, 10-Great-horned Owl, 11-Red-eyed Vireo, 12-Tufted Titmouse, 13-Ovenbird, 14-Brown Thrasher, 15-Chestnut-sided Warbler.

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